Consultation and Transparency Requirements for Offshore Petroleum Activities in Commonwealth Waters

Issues Paper on Consultation and Transparency Requirements for Offshore Petroleum Activities in Commonwealth Waters - EDOs of Australia submission

April 2016 - Download PDF

In our submission we make a range of recommendations on how offshore petroleum regulation can be strengthened to meet the standards required under Australian environmental law, including:

  • Offshore petroleum project proposals and Environment Plans should be required to identify matters of national environmental significance that may be affected by the project.
  • Environment Plans should be required to include information about the proponent’s environmental history, including details of any legal proceedings taken against the proponent.
  • Environment Plans should be required to be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 working days.
  • Standing provisions that reflect those in the EPBC Act should be included in the legislation. This would allow conservation groups and individual ‘third parties’ to seek judicial review of a decision to approve an Environment Plan that does not comply with the Regulations.